Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.  Great hiking, biking and picnic areas.Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.  Great hiking, biking and picnic areas.

Fall foliage at Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.

Foliage at Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.

Foliage at Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.


Foliage at Fort Ward State Park on Bainbridge Island.

Before the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving started, I snuck away for a Thanksgiving-Eve walk out at Fort Ward. The reward for my brisk walk is the view of Mt. Rainier at my half-way point on South Beach. Love my iPhone for taking quick picts of all the island has to offer. Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving.
On November 27, 2009, in Community, Parks, Photos, by

Yesterday, Helpline House collected food for Project Wishbone. Project Wishbone is a Helpline House project that matches the generosity of the Bainbridge Island Community with those in need. Helpline House becomes a store full of Thanksgiving provisions, where local families in need can receive all the ingredients needed for a great Thanksgiving dinner.

This month, some of our amazing neighbors, Meagan and Brad Stockman organized a neighborhood effort called Commodore Cares. Last Saturday the kids handed out flyers in the neighborhood requesting donations for Project Wishbone and yesterday the kids went back around again with wagons and picked up the Thanksgiving food. Overall, the neighborhood collected over 1,300 pounds of food. The best part was, we were not alone, when we dropped off the food, Helpline House was a flurry of activity with numerous island residents unloading cars filled with donations. If you still want to help, Helpline House will soon be gearing up for Project Happy Holidays, where you can donate gifts until December 11th for their Holiday Store.

Commodore Neighborhood Kids at Helpline House on Bainbridge IslandCommodore Neighborhood Kids at Helpline House on Bainbridge Island


On November 22, 2009, in Community, by

Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch on Bainbridge Island

Suyematsu Farms

9227 Day Road

Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

206.842.4388

Yes, this year we made it to the pumpkin patch and I actually remembered my camera. Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch with its vineyard, water tower, and horse drawn carriage, is a must do every year for islanders and visitors.

These were taken before Halloween, but in today’s gray, wet weather, I was looking for a little color, and I thought these fit the bill.

Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch on Bainbridge Island
Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch on Bainbridge Island
Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch on Bainbridge Island
Suyematsu Pumpkin Patch on Bainbridge Island

On November 10, 2009, in Activities, Personal, Photos, Shopping, by

Update as of 11/06/09
President Obama signed the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 into law today. The legislation greatly expands the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit by making more first time homebuyers eligible for the credit and now includes homebuyers that are not first time homebuyers. This new legislation is a huge victory for you, the Washington REALTORS and the National Association of REALTORS.
First Time Homebuyers
The current law is extended until April 30, 2010. Buyers have until that date to have a signed purchase agreement. There is an additional 60 day grace period to complete the financing. More first time homebuyers are eligible because the new law raises the annual income limits from $75,000 to $125,000 for singles and from $150,000 to $225,000 for married couples.

 

Current Home Owners
Over 60 percent of current home owners will be eligible for a tax credit of up to $6,500 if they purchase a home by April 30, 2010. These homebuyers must have lived in their home for five consecutive years over the previous eight years to qualify. Qualified homebuyers can get the credit if they purchase a home for $800,000 or less as their primary residence between November 7, 2009 and April 30, 2010. The income limits are the same as the First Time Homebuyer listed above.
Info Courtesy of Washington Realtors
On November 6, 2009, in Real Estate Business, by